A new Occupy movement led by the Rainforest Action Network hopes to put new light on our food supply.
This week organizers of the Occupy Our Food Supply day prompted supporters to rally against large agribusiness corporations, including Cargill, Monsanto, ADM and DuPont. According to a commentary in the Huffington Post written by musician Willie Nelson and author Anna Lappé, the movement looks at the role of these agribusinesses in our food supply.
“Today, three companies process more than 70 percent of all U.S. beef, Tyson, Cargill and JBS,” Nelson and Lappé wrote. “More than 90 percent of soybean seeds and 80 percent of corn seeds used in the United States are sold by just one company: Monsanto. Four companies are responsible for up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain. And one in four food dollars is spent at Walmart.
The Rainforest Action Network’s press release stated that thousands of people from Brazil, Hungary, Ireland, Argentina and the U.S. would be participating in the Feb. 27 “day of action.”
As part of the day of action, Occupy Our Food Supply protesters planned to create community gardens in unused bank-owned lots, host seed exchanges in front of stock exchanges, label products on grocery store shelves that have genetically engineered ingredients, build community alliances to support locally-owned grocery stores, and protest Monsanto and Cargill.
Notable supporters of the movement include Food Inc.’s Robert Kenner, actor Woody Harrelson, Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva and authors Michael Pollan, Raj Patel, Gary Paul Nabhan, and Marion Nestle.